Wallander (2008–2016)
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Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of ... See full summary »


Philip Martin


Richard Cottan, Henning Mankell (novel)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Kurt Wallander
Sarah Smart ... Anne-Britt Hoglund
Sadie Shimmin Sadie Shimmin ... Lisa Holgersson
Tom Beard ... Svedberg
Tom Hiddleston ... Magnus Martinsson
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Nyberg
David Warner ... Povel Wallander
Jeany Spark ... Linda Wallander
Polly Hemingway ... Gertrude
Ashley Madekwe ... Dolores Maria Santana
Jon Laurimore ... Edvin Salomonsson
Jessica Lloyd Jessica Lloyd ... Dr. Malmström
Malcolm Tierney ... Wetterstedt
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... TV Interviewer
Joanna Griffiths Joanna Griffiths ... Sara Bjorkland


Kurt Wallander is a police inspector in the Swedish town of Ystad. Shortly after he has seen a young girl kill herself by self-immolation, he is called to investigate the murder of government minister Wetterstedt. He has been scalped. Wealthy business-man Carlman is murdered in the same fashion, and a serial killer is clearly responsible. Drunken ex-journalist Lars Magnusson points Wallander towards Sandin, a retired and corrupt cop, who admits that he once 'cleaned up' for both the dead men but will offer no more information. The next murder is that of an habitual criminal, who has been tortured before death. His estranged wife and teen aged son are not grief-stricken. His behaviour has traumatized his younger son and sent his daughter into a mental hospital. Following another scalping, and an appeal to the public, a former prostitute tells Wallander that all the victims were connected with a vice ring, importing very young girls into Sweden. The girl who killed herself was probably ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Branagh's Wallander website


UK | Sweden



Release Date:

10 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kenneth Branagh's performance as Swedish cop Kurt Wallander makes it the third time when a famous Swedish movie/television cop gets portrayed by an actor who is not from Sweden/speaking Swedish. The first two are Walter Matthau as Jake Martin (Jake Martin is the americanized version of Martin Beck) in The Laughing Policeman (1973) and Derek Jacobi as Martin Beck in Der Mann, der sich in Luft auflöste (1980). See more »


[first lines]
Kurt Wallander: [holding up his badge] Wallander.
Farmer: Thought they would have sent a police car. Lights. Flashing.
Kurt Wallander: There was an accident on the Svarte Road. Cars with lights are all taken.
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Version of Villospår (2001) See more »


Composed by Emily Barker
Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo
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Vicious Killer
20 June 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Kenneth Branagh is a sort of tortured soul. Much like Jack Frost in "A Touch of Frost." His life is at its lowest ebb, as he has lost his wife, his daughter is a mess, and his father is suffering from Alzheimer's. This is when the job takes over, giving this man something he can control, and even that is difficult to do because, after all, criminals aren't easy to capture. This is a really harsh case, as people are being axed and then scalped. There is also the element of sex trafficking. The victims significant others are hardly forthcoming because they are also victims themselves. The episode starts with a ghastly scene as a fifteen-year-old girl immolates herself in a farm field as Wallander tries to talk to her. He blames himself because he identified himself as a police officer. Things get very personal as he tries to balance his calm demeanor versus the horrors and evasiveness of those involved in his interrogations. This is a nicely structured episode and, of course, Branagh is an outstanding actor.

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